Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Let's end the day with the Rick Perry mugshot.

Courtesy of CBS News: 

Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, turned himself in Tuesday afternoon to be booked and have his mug shot taken at the Travis County Justice Center. The governor was indicted last Friday on two felony counts of abuse of power, which he called "baseless political charges." 

"I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law. And I'm here today because I did the right thing," he said as he entered the courthouse. "I'm going to enter this courthouse with my head held high knowing the actions that I took were not only lawful and legal, but right," Perry added, promising promised that he would veto funding for the Travis County-based Public Integrity Unit again if was given the chance.

Perry maintains that the indictment is a political attack that infringes upon his right of free speech as both a governor and a private citizen. 

"This indictment is nothing short of an attack on the constitutional powers of the office of governor," Perry added. "There are important fundamental issues at stake. And I will not allow this attack on our system of government to stand. I'm going to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being. And we will prevail. We'll prevail because we're standing for the rule of law," he said.

God I love that picture!

I hope someday to see another former Governor face in a similar mugshot.

As for Perry's contention that this is all a political witch hunt, here is a Texas blogger and political expert who begs to differ: 

First, he used the veto to threaten a public officeholder. This is abuse of the power of his office. Presidents and governors frequently use the possibility of vetoes to change the course of legislation. But that is considerably different than trying to force an elected officeholder to resign. What Perry did, if true, can be politely called blackmail, and, when he sent emissaries to urge Lehmberg to quit even after his veto, he may have indulged in bribery. According to sources close to the grand jury, Perry dispatched two of his staffers and one high-profile Democrat to tell Lehmberg if she left her office the governor would reinstate the PIU budget. One report indicates there may have been a quid pro quo of a new, more lucrative job for the D.A., which is why this case has nothing to do with his right to use the veto. 

But that’s where Perry will focus his public defense. 

Of course, he will also continue his argument this is another manifestation of partisan politics in Austin. That claim is as misleading as his veto rhetoric. There wasn’t a single Democrat involved in the investigation and indictment. In fact, Perry appointed the presiding judge in the case, Billy Ray Stubblefield of the 3rd Judicial District. Stubblefield named retired Judge Bert Richardson of Bexar County (San Antonio) to handle the grand jury investigation, and Richardson picked Mike McCrum to be the special prosecutor in the case. McCrum, who withdrew his name from consideration for U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, had the support of the two Republican Texas U.S. Senators and the state’s Democratic officeholders, which hardly makes him a Democratic Party hack. (A Washington gridlock over the confirmation process in the U.S. Senate caused him to withdraw.) 

That all makes it hard to sell the partisan attack narrative that reporters are spreading for Perry. 

The idea that he was concerned about Lehmberg’s drunk driving is also fatuous nonsense. Two other Texas D.A.s were arrested for DUI during Perry’s tenure in office and he spoke not a discouraging word about their indiscretions. Kaufman County D.A. Rick Harrison drove the wrong way into traffic and was found guilty of drunk driving in 2009 and in 2003 Terry McEachern, D.A. of Swisher County, was convicted of a DUI. Perry said nothing. It’s probably only coincidental that both of those individuals were Republicans and did not oversee an investigative unit responsible for keeping elected officials honest in the capitol.

I can hardly wait to see how this whole thing plays out. 


  1. I read an article recently that with the denial of funding people lost jobs, transferred,etc. Sorry for not posting a link. I shed no tears for Perry and he is deluded to think he could ever win in a presidential campaign....dream on.

    1. Anonymous5:13 PM

      It also eliminated funding for criminals to be investigated and prosecuted.

    2. Anonymous9:03 AM

      The way I read it via NPR he was after HER BEFORE she got pick up for DWI! She was investigating a Cancer scam fund of his. Did he abuse his power by having cops stalk her a la troopergate? I hope it will all come out, he was stalking her b/c SHE WAS INVESTIGATING HIM,BEFORE THE DWI!!

  2. Anonymous4:43 PM

    Poor Anita, as a beard she never expected her husband to end his political career in handcuffs.

  3. Anonymous4:56 PM

    Why do I want to break into Stevie Wonder's "Isn't she lovely?" seeing this?

  4. Anonymous5:02 PM

    He looks like his old dickhead self without his glasses. I hope Sarah Palin is appreciating how lucky she was that she could quit before the shit hit the fan.

    1. Anonymous5:27 PM

      I was wondering where his "I'm running for president now" glasses were! Maybe he thought they'd create a glare for his photo shoot.

    2. Anonymous5:45 PM

      Without the glasses, he looks like a knuckle dragging neanderthal. With the glasses, he looks like a knuckle dragging neanderthal wearing glasses.

    3. Anonymous7:53 PM

      No, he was required to remove them before his mugshot. They are not allowed.

  5. Anonymous5:03 PM

    "That all makes it hard to sell the partisan attack narrative that reporters are spreading for Perry."

    A bipartisan group of Alaska legislators found Sarah Palin guilty of misusing her powers (and co-governor Todd's) in the Trooper Gate incident, but that didn't stop her and the McCain campaign from saying she'd been "exonerated."

    And those Democrats who ruled against her in the Trooper Gate scandal are the same Democrats that helped her get her ACES oil tax passed. That's the same oil tax that we Alaskans are voting this very day on whether or not to reinstate.

    (That's why Sarah came out in favor of Prop 1--it was her one and only accomplishment during her 1/2 term as governor.)

    So when Sarah or any of her followers say her problems were because of partisan dislike of her, don't believe it. We in Alaska know better.

    1. Anonymous5:21 PM

      It's all bullshit, those of us who follow politics in the lower 48 know it. She knows we do, her paid (for what?) consultants know it, the GOP elite she wanted to SO wanted to be a part of DEFINITELY know it, even the trolls know it.

  6. Anonymous5:12 PM

    Sarah is lucky a cheerleader like Rick Perry wasn't in the Miss Wasilla contest, otherwise instead of 2nd runnerup third) she would be fourth. Those A&M cheerleaders always steal the show.

  7. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Thanks for the multifaceted, informative post.

    I'm so discouraged by the prominent Democratic pundits and operatives who have prematurely rushed to Perry's defense. Apparently, his being convicted would really ruin their fun; justice be damned.

  8. Anonymous5:32 PM

    Come on Alaska follow Texas' s lead. Lockup Sarah and Todd Palin. What's holding you up? Can't you extradite them from Arizona? Fuck them like they fucked you.

  9. Anonymous5:37 PM

    Let's end the day with the Rick Perry mugshot.

    How about we end the day with Sarah and Todd's mugshot?

    1. Anonymous6:18 PM

      My first thought on seeing Perry was I wished it was Palin. How sweet it would be. But I do want to see a mug shot number/name plate on Perry, then a convict ID number.

    2. Anonymous11:00 PM

      Sarah Palin heard about Perry's Mugshot, and she thought that he would be at the Mugshot Saloon.

  10. LoveAndKnishesFromBrooklyn5:48 PM

    Did he have a stylist for this "smug"shot? Where's the sign in front with his arrest number and the profile view? I can see this pic being used, in the future, on a sandwich board outside the cocktail lounge where he'll be doing his standup routine.

  11. Anonymous5:50 PM

    Oh you sorry sons of bitches in Texas. How long have you let Rick Perry get away with that shit?

    1. Anonymous6:42 PM

      Don't call us sons of bitches. Look who let Sarah Palin and her family ruin your state?

    2. Anonymous6:45 PM

      Hey Texas our governor leaked amniotic fluid on your stage as part of her wild ride then she took off back to Alaska.

    3. Anonymous7:11 PM

      Don't be so hard on Texas. Alaska's executive branch and legislature learned that Frank Bailey had Palin's 'missing' emails that hindered the Personnel Board's Troopergate investigation and his statement that she probably perjured herself. They did nothing. And AK citizens didn't/don't seem to care.

  12. Anonymous6:07 PM

    Didn't Delay serve a shit face grin for his mug?

  13. Anita Winecooler6:19 PM

    What I love most about this whole thing is the timing. It's going to be pretty damn difficult to run on your record when your face made it to "Mugshotville". The few Dems who've kind of sort of defended him, did it to make it look like they're just SHOCKED!! But we all know he was screwing up pretty well on his own of late with photo ops at the border and stupid stunts.
    As mugshots go, this one's pretty decent. Who did his hair and skin??????

  14. Anonymous6:23 PM

    Mugshot, Yeah whatever. Usually a mugshot has the case number posted. Anyone have an answer for this omission?

  15. Not like any mugshot I've ever seen before. They don't usually look so posed.

  16. Anonymous7:42 PM

    The only thing that would be more beautiful than that mugshot is Sarah's, Todd's and Dumbya's mugshots.

  17. Anonymous9:24 PM

    He looks like a used car salesman.

    Welcome to Honest Rick's Automobile Emporium.

  18. Anonymous9:30 PM

    DC Comics could easily base their next Batman villain out of this koch_sucker's likeness

  19. Smug bastard thinks he's so lily white innocent.

    I hope they smack that smirk off his face with all sorts of fines and sanctions, etc. Then I hope he gets impeached.

    He'll never willingly resign. His kind never do.

  20. Anonymous10:23 PM

    Track's middle initials are CJ. What do they stand for: Curtis Junior? The middle names of all the kids are given on Wikipedia except Track's. I found the CJ on Alaska Court View.

    1. Anonymous3:41 AM

      Maybe he was conceived in an old Jeep CJ... In the Menards backyard.

    2. That's not how Junior is supposed to work.

      Just exposes them for the ignorant, uneducated white trash they are.

  21. Randall2:05 AM

    Billy Ray Stubblefield...
    Judge Bert Richardson of Bexar County...
    Mike McCrum...

    GREAT names!
    They kind of sound like they're made-up names,
    like for a movie.

    Smokey and the Dumbass

  22. It's okay, but it's nowhere as fun as would be a cop smashing his head against some patrol car window, is it? Alas, Perry is wrong color to hope for that.

  23. Anonymous3:24 AM

    Hey? didn't palin do the same in Alaska? threats, veto, etc. etc. etc. and no mug shot? even the succeeding big azz tex gets er done. Alaska can too. goooooooo Alaska.

  24. Anonymous3:27 AM

    As his ENTITLED political career is ending another photo shoot for the history books. May is be catchy and the rest like him are put in place. AND EXPOSED.


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